Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Grades 4-5)

Summer 2020 program admission has closed.
Please check back in February 2021 for information on our Summer 2021 program!

About the Program

The Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation program is a 14-credit hour program for teachers holding an Ohio Early Childhood P-3 Teaching License.

The Endorsement coursework is offered during the summer semester only. All courses are fully online, with the exception of the Intersession course (May 14-June 3), which is partially online. Current Kent State undergraduate ECED majors in the ECED professional sequence may complete the Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement after having successfully completed Block IV.

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement coursework, candidates must complete and pass the following Ohio Assessments for Educators: Elementary Education Subtest I (Test code 018) and Elementary Education Subtest II (Test code 019). For more information and registration for the tests, please see the Ohio Assessments for Educators webpage.

To add the endorsement to the teaching license upon completion of the program coursework and licensure assessments, candidates must complete our Pre-Application process for licensure on the Student Portal, which once complete, will link to the online licensure application on the Ohio Department of Education website. The Pre-Application MUST be completed for processing and review of the licensure application.

To view current tuition rates, please visit One Stop for Student Services. There is NO flat rate for summer term; therefore, students pay the per credit hour rate for each credit hour registered.

The Endorsement courses/workshops, if taken at the graduate level (50000-level), may be used toward the completion of a master's degree (there is a six year time-frame in which to do so) in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Curriculum and Teaching
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Middle Childhood
  • Special Education General

In most cases all 14 credit hours would count if you apply for both the Graduate Non-Degree Licensure Preparation Program and the Master's degree program at the same time: two separate applications and application fees, but you can share admission documents.

For further information on the ECED Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation program, please contact:
Erin Harwood, Graduate Senior Advisor/Licensure Specialist

Endorsement Schedule, Summer 2020

Teaching Mathematics in the Intermediate Years - Grades 4-5  (3 hours)

Summer Intercession (May 14 - June 3)
MCED 40045 001 CRN# 10853 / MCED 50045 001 CRN# 10854
or MCED 40045 002 CRN# 14838 / MCED 50045 002 CRN# 14839
100% online

Critical Inquiry and Integration Content I - Science/Social Studies Grade 4  (3 hours)

Summer I (June 4 - July 8)
MCED 46645 010 CRN# 10851 / MCED 56645 010 CRN# 10852
or MCED 46645 011 CRN# 14840 / MCED 56645 011 CRN# 14841
100% online

WKSP: Understanding “Tweens”: No Longer Children, Not Yet Teens (1hour)

(June 15 - June 26)
HDFS 41093 001 CRN# 13842 / HDFS 51093 001 CRN# 13843
1 Credit hour online workshop

WKSP: Halfway Up the Stairs: Early Middle Level Education & Effective Teaching and Learning in Grades 4 -5 (1hour)

(June 29 - July 11)
CI 40093 003 CRN# 13850 / CI 50093 005 CRN# 13851
100% online

Reading and Writing in Middle Childhood  (3 hours)

Summer II (June 4 - July 29)
CI 47504 020 CRN# 10855 / CI 57504 020 CRN# 10856
or CI 47504 021 CRN# 12055 / CI 57504 021 CRN# 12056
100% online

Critical Inquiry and Integration Content II - Science and Social Studies Grade 5  (3 hours)

Summer III (July 9 - August 12)
MCED 47745 030 CRN# 10849 / MCED 57745 030 CRN# 10850
or MCED 47745 031 CRN# 14842 / MCED 57745 031 CRN# 14843
100% online

Download the 2020 Summer Schedule (PDF)

Admission Process

Admission Process for degree-holders with a valid (unexpired) ECED P-3 Ohio Teaching License
OR Kent State undergraduate ECED majors currently enrolled in Block V in Spring 2020 and graduating May 2020

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or up for graduation in May 2020)
  • Official transcript(s) - Kent State transcripts not required
  • Minimum 3.000 cumulative (total undergraduate) GPA
  • Goal Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of valid Early Childhood P-3 teaching license from the State of Ohio (or current enrollment in Block V)

Two Application Options

Please be aware that once you are admitted and registered, you cannot change your admission status.

  1. Apply to the Post-Undergraduate Non-Degree Early Childhood Gen. (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation Program and take the courses at the 40000-level and pay undergraduate tuition rates. Coursework can NEVER apply to a master's degree program. If you received your bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and have not attended any other institution since leaving KSU OR you are a current Block V student graduating in May 2020, you can simply complete an Application for Undergraduate Re-Enrollment available on the One Stop for Student Services website (under "Registration & Records" tab, click on "Reenrollment").
    After application or re-enrollment, please email Katie Kozak at kkozak2@kent.edu indicating you are applying to the Summer 2020 Early Childhood (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation program (post-undergraduate level). Please attach your 2 letters of recommendation and goal statement to the email. She will assist you with next steps in the process.
  2. Apply to the Graduate Non-Degree Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation Program and take the courses at the 50000-level and pay graduate tuition rates. A limit of up to 12 hours could be transferred into a degree program, if approved.

    a. Optional Additional Graduate Application - For those who want to submit a second graduate application and apply to the Master of Education in ECED, Curriculum & Instruction (Curriculum & Teaching Studies or MCED concentrations), or Special Education (General concentration) and take advantage of building in the 14 hours of graduate (5000 level) 4/5 endorsement coursework. Admission documents can be shared between the two applications.

Download Application Hints for Graduate Non-Degree ECED Generalist Grades 4-5 Endorsement Prep Program and optional Master's Degree (PDF)

Once formally admitted, candidates must complete and submit a Request for Overload Form through either the Vacca Office of Student Services in 304 White Hall (for Post-Undergraduate admission/40000-level coursework), or the Office of Graduate Student Services in 418 White Hall (for Graduate/Master's admission/50000-level coursework). Once the form is processed, a permit will be placed for the course overload and the candidate must complete course registration for all 14 hours through FlashLine.

Admission process for current Kent State undergraduate Early Childhood majors intending to complete the Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Prep program between Block IV and Block V: Student Teaching

Group Advising will be available in early Spring 2020 in ECED 40092 for Block IV students interested in the Summer 2020 ECED Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation Program!

There is no formal admission process for Spring 2020 Block IV students, but you need to follow these steps:

1. Email your Undergraduate Professional ECED Advisor for notification of interest.

If planning to pursue the Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Prep Program for Summer 2020, please email the UG Professional ECED Advisor, Shannon Logsdon (slogsdo1@kent.edu), for notification of interest. Your advisor will confirm current registration in Block IV.

2. Register through FlashLine for the 40000-level Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement courses.

This does not require any application nor any change in admission status. You can just register for the classes through FlashLine using the CRN# for the 40000-level offerings.

3. Complete an Overload Request Form.

You will need to complete an Overload Request Form (found on the VOSS Applications & Forms page) in order to take more than 12 hours during the summer session (the program is 14 hours). Please print, complete (List ALL endorsement courses on page 2 - not just the extra 2 hours), SIGN and return form to the Vacca Office - 304 White Hall. The Vacca Office should contact you within two business days and if approved, they will put an overload permit in the system. You will then need to go into FlashLine and register for the additional 2 credit hours.